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Dedication of the Lateran Basilica: A call to holiness.

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Brothers and sisters, you are God’s building. ... For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1 Cor 3:9, 17) Today we celebrate the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral Church of Rome by Pope Sylvester I in the year 324. Originally known as the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour and now known as St. John Lateran, this ancient church is universally recognised as the Mother and Head of All Churches of the City and of the World (Omnium ... (Continue reading)

19th Sunday: The merciful presence of God

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And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence (1 Kings 19: 12). The Prophet Elijah’s mysterious encounter with the Lord in the sheer silence was not unlike the experience of Peter and the disciples once Jesus and Peter got into the boat. "The wind ceased" (Mt 14: 33). In the quiet and calm that is experienced after a storm, "those in the boat worshipped hum, saying, 'Truly you are the Son ... (Continue reading)

OECTA and the further destruction of Catholic education

In a move that can only elicit shock and anger in faithful Catholics, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) has announced they will march in the WorldPride Parade in Toronto this year after a motion was passed at OECTA's recent annual general meeting. A rationale attached to the motion reads: "Registering for, and marching in the WorldPride Parade is a visible symbol of solidarity with one of the most marginalized groups in the Catholic community." Thank you to ... (Continue reading)

Vatican releases survey on faith and doctrine: world says Church is now democracy

The Vatican just released a survey asking for parish-level input on next year's Synod on Faith and Family. The questionnaire has been sent to all Catholic parishes; England has already set up a website where Catholics can complete the form. It is 38 questions long and includes a preamble detailing the Church's official position on each subject. The reader is meant to answer the questions according to how they understand and live the teachings. Despite what most "news" sites are claiming, Pope ... (Continue reading)

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Pain: God’s Megaphone

All manifestations of God, like the Blessed Sacrament, are concealments as well. Everywhere God is veiled; Everywhere he works underground; Everywhere he sets up a screen between himself and the observation of his creature; Everywhere, search is the law of earth and vision the law of heaven; Everywhere in this world, to believe is to see, and seeing is not believing. This is God’s way. ... It is not best only for us, but simply necessity. - Fr. Faber, The Blessed ... (Continue reading)

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Thomas

Can you imagine what it would be like to watch your best friend being tortured to death? Nearly naked—missing most of his clothing and half his skin—humiliated, hated, abandoned, and alone. Picture the most loving person you know being thrown violently to the ground. Could you look on helplessly as his hands—those gentle, healing hands—have nails driven through them? Stand with the crowd, hear the labored beating of his heart above the shouts of ridicule that spring up and crackle ... (Continue reading)

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If God exists…

"If God exists, why did He make us all different? Why didn't He make us all one colour, one religion? Then we wouldn't keep fighting each other. There's been wars ever since the world began. Why would God allow that?" These questions were directed to me by an avowed atheist whom I'll call "Jack," an elderly person who sometimes brings up the topic of religion. On this particular day, he also pointed out the hypocrisy of rabbis, priests, ministers—anyone in a ... (Continue reading)

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Cardinal Zubeir Wako: courageous witness to love

One of the things I enjoyed about the recent conclave in Rome was the steady stream of photos documenting the latest developments. I particularly liked looking at pictures of the Cardinals, especially the lesser known ones. Where were they from? What was their story? A friend was in Rome attending the Conclave. Because of his position within the Archdiocese, he spent part of his time with the Cardinals. He developed a congenial rapport with Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako, leader of the ... (Continue reading)

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A.J. Cronin: Take a look

I thoroughly enjoy books which give great insight to the inner workings of man's character and soul while being breathtakingly eloquent. Character-driven, the substance of my preferred novels are usually heavy with tight-lipped drama and caged passion which cannot seem to break its chains, and usually span years and decades in their timelines. Reading, for me (and I would hope for everyone) is not just a form of entertainment by which one passes time: it is the stepping into worlds; ... (Continue reading)

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Anything Is Possible

One day years ago, while channel surfing, I came across a news story about a woman who became a man, and had decided to have a child. Because he still had the reproductive organs of a woman, he was able to accomplish bearing a child, while looking, in every other observable way, like the masculine creation he had engineered himself to be. (Side note: it was not a pretty picture. Just from an aesthetic point of view, something about the ... (Continue reading)

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